Prep Baseball Report

2017 Colorado Rankings Released

John Cackowski
State Director 

Recently PBR Colorado released their first 2015 and 2016 rankings. It is now time to release our 2017 rankings. When making this list PBR Colorado had to take into consideration the majority of these players have not played in a spring varsity game yet. Taking that into consideration we expect this list can fluctuate a lot by the end of the spring season. We will be re-ranking the 2017 class after the Underclass Invitational on 1/25/15

Starting at No. 1 is RHP Caleb Sloan of Regis. At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, Sloan is already a strong physical pitcher who is still growing into his body. Sloan has seen his fastball go from the lower 80's last June to 88 mph on multiple occasions this winter during Slammers Arm Velocity Camp. Caleb also plays football and is a quarterback for Regis. As he gets back into baseball shape for the spring and with his frame he projects to potentially be in the lower 90's by end of his sophomore year.  On pace to be very elite pitcher and quarterback for the Jesuits. Between No. 4 2015 Brent Schwarz, No 1. 2016 Bo Weiss, and No. 1 2017 Caleb Sloan Regis should have a pretty dominate force on the mound in 2015.

No. 2 in our rankings is Heritage switch-hitting catcher Casey Opitz. At 5-foot-11, 145-pounds Opitz is still growing but shows great action and potential behind the dish and has a mature approach at the plate. Coming from a talented baseball family where his two older brothers Jake and Shane who were both middle infielders and both drafted, Casey takes on the catching position and has a great chance to follow in his brother's footprints at Heritage. 

No. 3 in our rankings is Jacob Arellano of Mountain Range HS. 5-foot-8, 140-pounds, right-handed hitting MIF/RHP impressed us with very good skills showcasing good hands and range with good accuracy throwing the ball 84 mph across the diamond from shortstop at the Southern Colorado Prospect Games. Hits from an athletic stance with minimal load, producing short uphill bat path with good bat speed and extension. On the mound Arellano showed same promise with a loose, 3/4 arm slot with level shoulders and squared, in-line delivery toward plate. Fastball topped out at 82 mph sitting at 80 and curveball was 68 mph with late breaking 11/5 action. Ran a 7.13 60. and had a 4.53 home to first time.

No 4. in our Rankings is Paul Degracia of Highlands Ranch. A 5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitting third baseman hits from a wide, open setup, hands load and back smoothly, stride is short, hands stay quiet pre-pitch, with short, uphill bat-path producing line drives with good carry from gap-to-gap and 82 mph exit velocity.  Let's the ball get deep and has a good approach at the plate with maturity to go the other way. Does a good job of utilizing lower half in his swing. Stays low fielding the baseball showcasing very good hands, throwing 80 mph across the diamond from a short, high ¾ arm slot with accuracy. On the mound has a long-short arm action with good balance point and max effort delivery. He is in-line to the plate with good down angle producing fastballs 82-84 mph.  Curve ball comes in at 66 mph with 12/6 action and nice bite.

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Here is a sneak peak at the top 10

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Caleb Sloan CO Regis 2017 RHP
2 Casey Opitz CO Heritage 2017 C
3 Jacob Arellano CO Mountain Range 2017 SS
4 Paul Degracia CO Highlands Ranch 2017 3B
5 Jake Hilton CO Arapahoe 2017 SS
6 Carter Akerfeldt CO Mullen 2017 RHP
7 James Notary CO Legacy 2017 OF
8 Austin Chouinard CO Regis Jesuit 2017 SS
9 Jack Winkler CO Chatfield 2017 2B/MIF
10 Luke Kuberski CO Green Mountain 2017 OF